It can be difficult in journalism to do something truly distinctive. It’s even harder to pull that off consistently at unparalleled levels of excellence. In his explorations of ideas, culture and text, Carlos Lozada has achieved both, to award-winning results that have delighted readers for years. Which is why we are very pleased to announce that he will join The New York Times in September as our newest Opinion columnist.
From his perch as nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post, Carlos has revolutionized the form, bringing ambition, rigor and brilliant writing to his consideration of the ideas, arguments, dynamics and politics that animate societies and shape the human condition. Whether it is analyzing some 150 titles for his own 2020 book, “What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era,” or carefully considering the meaning and impact of 9/11 through its most notable literature, to reaching compellingly into his own experience as an immigrant, Carlos captures the moment America is living in, breaks it open and explains its many tensions and unresolved questions. You can see all of this to great effect in his brilliant examination, in the wake of the Dobbs ruling in June, of all three of the Supreme Court’s major decisions on abortion rights, a piece our former colleague Jen Senior called “the best Roe piece I’ve read by a mile.” His work as a critic has been marked by a deep understanding of history as well as a finely tuned ear for the way power and opportunity work today. For that effort, he was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
But what is compelling about Carlos is that he can also see with an editor’s eye. Before taking on the role of nonfiction book critic in 2015, Carlos served as Outlook editor, national security editor and economics editor in his 17 years at The Washington Post. In addition to winning a Pulitzer in 2019, he was a Pulitzer finalist in 2018. Before The Post, he was managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. He was included as a member of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2021 class of Great Immigrants and has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian citation for excellence in reviewing and the Kukula Award for excellence in nonfiction book reviewing.
Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. He was an adjunct professor of American political journalism for Notre Dame’s Washington program from 2009 to 2021 and currently serves on the advisory council of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He is also a member of the Pulitzer board.
Carlos was born in Peru and split his childhood between Lima and Northern California. He became an American citizen in late 2014; his first vote in the United States was in the 2016 presidential election.
Friends at The Post have told us over the years what a wonderful colleague Carlos is — a joy to work, talk and think with. We can’t wait for you to meet him. He’ll start Sept. 1. Please join us in welcoming him to Opinion and The Times.
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